BSFF: The Great White Silence


United Kingdom 1924, 108 mins
Director: Herbert G Ponting

In 1910, Captain Robert Falcon Scott led what he hoped would be the first successful team to reach the South Pole.

But the expedition also had a complex (and completely genuine) scientific brief.

Scott's decision to include a cameraman in his expedition team was a remarkable one for its time, and it is thanks to his vision - and to Herbert Ponting's superb eye - that, a century later, we have an astonishing visual account of his tragic quest.

The film built on Ponting's lecture, introducing intertitles, as well as his own stills, maps, portraits and paintings, to create a narrative of the tragic events.

The film was lavishly restored by the BFI National Archive in 2010 for the centenary of the expedition with original tints and tones and a newly commissioned score by Simon Fisher-Turner..

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